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The Body Shop Drops of Youth – Youth Concentrate and Youth Cream

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I had won a raffle on Beautezine’s webpage to partake in The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth 28 day challenge. The idea is simple – use the products for 28 days and you’ll find that your pores look tightened, skin that feels bouncier, and fine lines appear smoothed. I currently like my current skin care routine but I’m game to try something new and see if it a) works just as well, b) is better, or c) is worse.

 

The Packaging

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - outer packaging
Cardboard boxes

Each product was housed in a thin cardboard box.

 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - glass containers
Glass containers

The glass is a semi-opaque green colour with black tops and a silvery label. The Youth Concentrate is a dropper style bottle, so the dropped screws on tightly to the bottle. It contains 50ml worth of product. The Youth Cream is a jar with a screw top lid. It also contains 50ml of product.

 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Cream inner lid
Inner lid for Youth Cream

I love inner lids because it prevents product from getting all over the lid and into the creases.

 

The Product

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Concentrate
Drops of Youth Concentrate

Quite literally “drops” of youth.

The Youth Concentrate is semi-opaque and very viscous. It’s a little more viscous than honey. Three drops was all I needed for my face and neck. I used four drops if my hands were more dry that day (and thus soaked up more product).

 

The Body Shop Drops of Youth - Youth Cream
Youth Cream with inner lid removed

The Youth Cream is slightly thinner than what you’d expect from a night cream. It’s a creamy white and very soft in texture.

 

The Verdict

I’m going to start off by saying that for this challenge, I didn’t change anything in my daily routine, only that the products that I normally used for serum and moisturizing were swapped out for these two. Originally, my skincare routine was to wash with Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser, tone with Lancôme’s Tonique Radiance, followed by Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, and Laneige’s Water Bank Gel Cream. So I swapped out Advanced Génifique for Drops of Youth Concentrate and Water Bank Gel Cream for Drops of Youth Cream.

After these 28 days, the biggest difference I noticed was in the physical feel of my skin. When I touch my face, it genuinely felt softer to touch, like it was better moisturized than before. In terms of my pores, they remained the same. I also did not see any fine lines (which is also the same before I started this challenge).

It’s now past 28 days and I’ve only used about half of each. That means I still have another month’s worth of product to use.

The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth challenge has me coming to the conclusion that it works just as well as Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique but at half the price point. That in itself is a winner in my book. The fact that it made my skin feel more soft gives it an upper edge. So I can say it definitely has improved my skin!! Would I purchase this? Absolutely. Should you? YES!

Thanks again to Beautezine for the chance to try this out!

 

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Written by Jessica

March 10th, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare

Beaumont Kitchen

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My friends and I thought we’d check out Beaumont Kitchen for dinner two weeks ago since it had just opened up at Sherway Gardens. It opened up on a thursday and we went for dinner two days later on the saturday. Being part of the Oliver and Bonacini family of restaurants, we knew it had to be good. Located inside of the newly opened Saks Fifth Avenue, this place offers eclectic west coast cuisine as it’s fare.

 

The Atmosphere

Beaumont Kitchen - funky lights
Really neat lights

It’s not an overly large space but being situated inside of Saks Fifth Avenue, I think they’re catering more towards the shopping crowd. 3/4 of the space is dedicated to sit down tables for dining. The remaining 1/4 is more like a lounge with couches and coffee tables situated in front of them.

 

Beaumont Kitchen - bar
Nice big bar

The bar is pretty awesome to look at.

 

The Food

Beaumont Kitchen - appetizer
Appetizer – complimentary 

When my friend checked out opening night, a hostess had given her a coupon for a complimentary appetizer, so we claimed it this night. I vaguely remember what our server told us but in-between the happy squeals of my baby, I could make out the words “red pepper”, “house baked pita”, and “olive oil”. So adding them all together it would be some sort of red pepper  dip drizzled with olive oil, served along house baked pita. It really was delicious and too bad it wasn’t on the main menu. I would definitely order this again!

 

Beaumont Kitchen - watermelon heat
Watermelon Heat – $7

I loved that they had a mocktail section in their drinks menu. As a breastfeeding mom, I’ve been restricting myself from alcohol consumption so a mocktail was a welcome sight. This watermelon heat was fantastic. Watermelon juice with chilis, which gave it some pretty intense heat! The sparkling water makes it more refreshing which would make this mocktail perfect in the summertime.

 

Beaumont Kitchen - BC Sockeye Salmon
B.C. Sockeye Salmon – $26

I ordered the B.C. Sockeye salmon mostly because I knew I could also feed it to my little guy (he’s 11 months now!). The salmon was cooked perfectly which is that really narrow window between raw and fully cooked. It’s served with cucumber crème fraîche and a warm quinoa salad that included carrots, parsnips, and romaine lettuce. The romaine lettuce was a little puzzling, but the root veggies were good with the quinoa. I think my little guy ended up eating more salmon than me. This was easily my favourite dish of the evening.

 

Beaumont Kitchen - linguine
Linguine – $19

The Mr ordered linguine, which had prawns, and scallops in a basil pesto sauce. The menu also said there was white wine in there but I couldn’t really taste any. The seafood was wonderful and the pasta al dente, but it wasn’t very impressive.

 

Beaumont Kitchen - lime posset
Lime Posset – $6

For dessert, I ordered the lime posset. I was expecting a drink but it came out as a kind of mousse. It very heavily reminded me of key lime pie, minus the crust. Plus because of the type of dish it was served in (round and shallow dish), it was a lot of “key lime pie filling”. I kept on wishing for a cookie or some crust to go with this.

 

Beaumont Kitchen - vanilla cheesecake
Vanilla Cheesecake – $9

The Mr ordered vanilla cheesecake, and I’m really glad he did because this was a dessert winner! It’s vanilla cheesecake wrapped in phyllo pastry, and topped with maple-braised pears and hazelnuts. If you didn’t tell me it was cheesecake that was wrapped I never would have guessed. There are so many flavours here that I thought they’d be competing with each other but they actually work really well with each other. Order this. You will not regret it.

 

The Verdict

I am in love with this place. Not only is the food delicious, it’s also a restaurant that’s in the west end of town, which means I don’t have to make the trek downtown in order to find good food. The fact that it’s in Sherway Gardens could be dangerous…

 

The Place

Beaumont Kitchen
25 The West Mall (inside Saks Fifth Avenue at Sherway Gardens)
Etobicoke, ON
416-641-7327

Written by Jessica

March 8th, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

February 2016 Empties

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February 2016 empties
Excuse the background – my kid’s taken over my house

Naisture Mask Pack – White Rose

I’m finding the Naisture mask packs to have a very strong smell to them. It could be that I’ve had them for a long time and that’s why it’s smelling so much. For some reason, this mask pack stung a little bit and I didn’t leave it on my face for the full 15 minutes.

Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Micro-Oil Shampoo and Oil Crème Conditioner

I bought a ton of these last year and have finally gotten through a pair of them. This is my current favourite shampoo and conditioner combination and I still have another backup in addition to the ones I have open now.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Repairing Lotion

Full review here. Love this stuff but I get the feeling that it’s been discontinued. I’m having a hard time finding it for sale these days.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser – foaming formula

Full review here. Love love love this stuff. Still using it. Haven’t found anything else I like better.

Soft lips Lip Moisturizer SPF 20 – Watermelon

This is still my favourite lip balm that hydrates my lips and keeps the skin soft. I have one on my nightstand as well as one in my diaper bag/purse. It has to be with me!

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Written by Jessica

March 3rd, 2016 at 7:24 pm